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Are Vampires Really Evil?

One of the most well-known things about vampires is the belief that they are evil creatures. Well, they appear evil enough, don’t they? With those menacing fangs that you know are just longing to suck on your neck, and the fact that they can totally outrun you and beat you at any game that requires any kind of strength, yes, vampires are certainly intimidating. But, evil?

Evil has never actually been a word that I’ve immediately associated with vampires. And I don’t really understand why other people think they’re evil. Sure, they’re killers. But they only really kill because they need to, right? I mean, vampires have to eat just like you and me so why are we holding it against them to the point where we actually call them ‘evil’ because of it? And really, vampires killing humans is no different than humans killing meat to eat. So as far as I see it, vegetarians and vegans may be the only humans that have any right to call vampires evil. The only difference I really see is that most of us don’t actually kill the cow before sitting down to eat it. But still, the principle is the same I think.

Now undoubtedly, there are some evil vampires. Damon from the Vampire Diaries certainly has his evil tendencies, and both Victoria and James, as well as the Volturi in the Twilight Saga are all also very evil vampires. These vampires are different from others because they simply want to inflict pain and torture on innocent people, only to get what they want. But I don’t think it’s fair to lump all vampires in with these types of vampires. And just like there are good and evil humans, vampires can also be either good or evil.

So let’s not call them all evil. I mean, vampires may not have beating hearts, but their feelings get hurt too.

– Kate

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kate • March 15, 2010

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    • jasper August 26, 2010 - 6:59 pm Reply

      i will not give u nachos

    • jasper August 26, 2010 - 7:00 pm Reply

      i will not give u nachos man ish vampire

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  5. Keke March 15, 2010 - 5:44 pm Reply

    I totally agree! My friend use to love Twilight’s vampires and now she likes the werewolves because she thinks that vampires are evil. She doesn’t even give a reason! Thank you so much for this post so I can give evidence as to why vampires aren’t evil!

  6. Christine March 16, 2010 - 2:16 am Reply

    Hey, I have sometimes read about vampires who are not intelligent enough to be evil – they are more like predators. And in Van Helsing there was amusing scene where Dracula points out that vampires only kill for food, can humans say the same! D

  7. iszy March 16, 2010 - 2:17 am Reply

    lol i totally agree we are so hypacritical.

  8. Bebe March 16, 2010 - 9:08 am Reply

    Sort of, but it depends, they have their own choice, to be evil”hardly evil” or slight :)) i don’t know exactly!they look like normal human, they can survive by eating human foods, hmm, they said there is a community in new Orleans and in Romania that full of vampires, in romania even werewolves exist!they said vampire use or perform black magic.

  9. mayli♥ March 16, 2010 - 1:39 pm Reply

    Im vegetarian and i think that vampires are not evil at all..i mean they kill humans..the worst creature that exists in the world…sooo.. =)

    • kate March 17, 2010 - 6:48 am Reply

      Thanks for your thoughts on the other side of the coin mayli! It’s good to know that not everyone lumps vampires in as “evil” And it sounds like the majority of us don’t think they are :)

    • Victoria Salter November 7, 2012 - 3:49 pm Reply

      mayli, can I just say that I think that you are absolutely brilliant? I am vegetarian too and I TOTALLY, TOTALLY agree with you about the vampires. Humans kill animals to get profit, gain sick pleasure or out of ignorance or want for money. Whereas vampires, or at least some of them, only kill in order to survive or if they are so thirsty that they cannot control their urges anymore.

  10. Keke March 17, 2010 - 7:28 am Reply

    So, I emailed my friend and she told me why she thinks Vampires are evil. And this is exactly what she wrote: Yes. Vampires are evil and ugly:( When I read this I couldn’t believe that was her reason. Uh, she’s such a B****!

    • kate March 18, 2010 - 3:23 pm Reply

      While there’s something about that that strikes me as oddly funny, I’m sorry. I never intended to come between friends :(

      • Keke March 18, 2010 - 10:26 pm Reply

        Oh no. We’re still friends. Don’t feel guilty about it, I just found her reason to be really weird. Oh, and I really loved this post! By the way, this is kinda random but it just came to my mind cause I know my friend likes Werewolves. Are there any flaws on Werewolves that people might think evil but not necessarily evil? Like the ones in Twilight?

        • kate March 19, 2010 - 12:36 pm Reply

          Hmm…I’m thinking of when Jacob in on the beach with Bella talking about who he really is. And when she becomes horrified, he calls her a hypocrite and says, “I guess I’m just not the right kind of monster for you.” So I think it’s sort of the same thing. Jacob could go around tearing up whoever he pleased, but he doesn’t. They all use their powers for good *sigh* If only one of them would turn evil, it’d be so much easier to decide between Team Edward and Team Jacob!

          • Keke March 19, 2010 - 12:49 pm

            Yeah, that would make it easier. But don’t you think there could be other reasons why people might think Vampires are evil? Maybe it’s there whole “Darkness” image?

          • kate March 19, 2010 - 10:36 pm

            Oh, I think there’s lots of reasons why people might think vampires are evil. And their Darkness image is definitely one of those. Like many of our vampire folklore say on this site, many people used to think that vampires were part of the occult. Very dark. Lots of reasons, for sure. I just don’t think that all vampires are evil. :)

          • Keke March 19, 2010 - 11:29 pm

            Were there any folklore Vampire myths that you actually believe are evil?

  11. narayan March 18, 2010 - 11:15 am Reply

    evil has been till today such as vampire or not?

  12. Keke March 19, 2010 - 11:40 pm Reply

    I think one evil Vampire myth that I thought was a little was the True Rhode Vampire story. I mean, a girl who comes back from the dead to inflict death on her family members. Kinda evil if you ask me.(Just a tint)

  13. Andrew March 20, 2010 - 7:15 pm Reply

    i could care less if they are good or evil. i just want to fight 1

  14. briege March 21, 2010 - 11:44 am Reply

    i dont fink campires are evil either

    tho i fink you got it wrong about damon. Hes not reali evil alot of bad things have happend him and dey messed him up. if you watch the vampire diaries series its clear why he does thosse fings and why he only finks of himself. Even the books show the lighter side of damon

  15. Kitty March 23, 2010 - 4:45 am Reply

    This isn’t from /my/ POV, but:
    – They are night creatures. The night is something mysterious. And when people don’t know about something, they fear it. This fear can become hatred.
    – They kill humans. It’s inhumane to kill humans.
    – “Blood, blood, gallons of the stuff; Give them all that they can drink and it will never be enough!”
    – There are more ‘bad’ vamps throughout history/legend than good ones.

    Just some reasons people have given me for thinking vamps are evil.
    Personally, I don’t care. Just like humans, there are all different types of vamp.

  16. Jordan March 27, 2010 - 7:31 am Reply

    vampires are not evil at all like it said they have to eat to.

    • Sam November 16, 2010 - 8:41 pm Reply

      I belive vampires are not evil because they are real to my to be good even the have to drink blood to stay alive

    • Sam November 16, 2010 - 8:44 pm Reply

      I beleve vampiers are not evil even they have to drink blood i like vampires even i am one!

  17. Vampire 18 August 24, 2010 - 10:15 am Reply

    vampires are, in my opinion, even better then humans. if you think about everything humans do to this planet like; pollution, over hunting, destorying habitat ect. . . then you look at vampires; they kill only when they need to and thats only for survival(and maybe the odd vandetta), they run fast so they dont really need to use cars, and they can live anywhere so they dont impact the habitats of animals too badly. so i would say vampires are good and humans are the evil ones. humans are cruel by nature and vampires are not, for them its a choice.

    • vampire125 January 23, 2016 - 5:13 pm Reply

      you are so right its us humans that are he evil ones not them

  18. Jen May 19, 2013 - 11:20 am Reply

    Well said, my friend (who I dont know personally XD) well said ^^

  19. mon June 6, 2014 - 5:30 pm Reply

    Frankly the twisted things humans do to a fellow human its worse than what a vamp can do. And humans always hate different things…if a human is different they make life hell for him/her…every race has good and bad people and i’d like to think of vamp as a race……so yeah I totally agree with you……….:)) I just want them to make their existence known to us………

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